UChicago gaterTwo Illinois universities made it into the top 25 best universities in the world in 2021, according to U.S. News and World Report.

University of Chicago came in at No. 15, with Northwestern University in Evanston following close behind at No. 24. University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana placed at No. 60 and the school’s Chicago campus came in at No. 212.

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Lincoln College The Illinois Board of Higher Education is awarding $3 million in grants to nine colleges and universities in the state to help achieve equity in recruitment and retention.

The funding comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund for use over the next year. Universities and colleges receiving these grants will utilize the funds to recruit and retain first-generation, low-income, underrepresented and rural students.

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Mark Carlson Joliet’s own Mark Carlson will be umpiring the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays! Carlson, a graduate from Joliet West High School, is making his second World Series appearance.

“It’s an exciting feeling to be chosen to work a World Series event,” Carlson said. “It’s a great feeling.”

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A typical haunted house features actors in creepy masks and spooky costumes, jumping out to startle guests—but there are places in Illinois where the scares aren’t just entertainment. You’re in for a real fright at these haunted homes.

Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford 

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This unassuming cottage is purported to have served as a home for terminally ill children. Some people claim they hear humming, as well as the voices of the children once housed there. But that’s not all: The spirits of the whole Tinker family are said to linger around the cottage, too.

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FRIENDS LogoUpset that you can no longer watch Friends reruns on Netflix? Don’t worry! Warner Bros. and Superfly have opened the FRIENDS Experience in Chicago to give fans a chance to reenact all their favorite moments from the classic sitcom.

Visitors can walk through twelve rooms and explore set recreations, original props and costumes, and interactive moments. You can even hang out in Joey and Chandler’s apartment or take a seat on the famous orange couch from Central Perk.

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